William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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20th Century Fox Released 1999

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Director:
Michael Hoffman
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is the 1999 cinematic mounting of William Shakespeare's classic play, directed by Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station, The Emperor's Club). Bustles are in decline, and a new invention, the bicycle, is rising in popularity; and on this one particular night in the forest, mortals and fairies come together for a mirthful interlude rife with mischief, unsolicited intercession and the pursuit of love. This is a most engaging production, highlighted by a number of outstanding performances, beautiful photography and a wonderful score by Simon Boswell which features the talents of Cecilia Bartoli, Luciano Pavarotti, Renee Fleming and Roberto Alagna. Kevin Kline gives an especially noteworthy performance as bottom, while Rupert Everett (Oberon), Dominic West (Lysander), Anna Friel (Hermia) and Sam Rockwell (Flute) are also exemplary. Michelle Pfeiffer is absolutely stunning as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, and Stanley Tucci delivers a nimble Puck.

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    Comedy, Fantasy

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    oblivious bumbling, Romantic Comedy, love/hate relationships, love triangle, supernatural forces